Forced Into Silence (Inmates vs Correctional Officers)

Forced Into Silence (Inmates vs Correctional Officers)

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Latasha Bell started this petition to Governor J.B. Pritzker and

All over Illinois, in prisons and jails there are signs that say "Don't be Silent, Say Something." Yet when prisoners decide they want or need to say something they are faced with retaliation from the correctional officers. Prisoners are given a handbook when they are entering each prison and the appropriate people to contact. Prisoners feel like they still have rights and will be treated humanely. Yet when the rights and humanity of prisoners are being challenged and they say something they are punished. A prisoner by the name "Piankhi" has been in the IDOC for 12 years and his case is coming back up, but he has been forced into accepting tickets. When tickets are presented to parole boards and court filings may lead to mischaracterization of the prisoner and add more time to their sentence. Piankhi says that his tickets very from being in the bathroom and a CO walks in on him while he was using the restroom to being blamed for possession of contraband that was given to him by the IDOC. There have been tickets passed out to all inmates in a cell even if there are individual(s) admitting fault. Correctional officers have manipulated paperwork leaving out names of other officers and inmates involved in incidents. COs walk around making aggressive and derogatory statements then pass out tickets when inmates attempt to report  the incidents to higher commanding officers. Higher commanding officers have also been said to pressure Piankhi and others into accepting tickets to "keep the peace". Piankhi has been moved to uncomfortable conditions such as segregation and crowed cells that trigger his PTSD, because of his complaints.  Please sign this petition so the Governor, the State Senate and State House can look into these allegations and right these wrongs.

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